What We Know and Don’t Know About the Notre-Dame Fire – The New York Times

A fire broke out at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris on Monday evening, destroying its spire and severely damaging its roof.

• The fire began at about 6:30 p.m., and the Paris fire chief, Jean-Claude Gallet,said it started in the attic. More than nine hours later, the authorities said the fire was “under control,” but a hole in the timber roof left by the cathedral’s fallen spire continued burning. The cathedral’s rector, Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, said the fire appeared to have started in an interior network of wooden beams, many dating back to the Middle Ages and nicknamed “the forest.”

• No one was killed, officials said, but a firefighter was seriously injured.

• The doors of the cathedral shut just before a last rush of tourists tried to get inside, witnesses said, and not long afterward smoke could be seen rising from the spire. Video showed that scaffolding around the base of the spire, part of extensive renovations that were underway, was one of the first places to visibly catch fire.

• Around 500 firefighters were deployed to Île de la Cité, the island in the heart of the city where Notre-Dame is situated, and they battled to control the fire for nearly five hours.

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